|09-01-2013 03:34 PM|
not sure how tall you + the wife are but ya' better have good knees
|09-01-2013 02:51 PM|
You all gave great comments, and I thank you for that.
The past 32 posts dealt with a JKU that I am getting. The wife and I have decided to add a JKS half-door to that order. Both Jeeps will retain the stock fenders, but they (the fenders) will be black textured powder coat.
The JK will be for just kicking around, errands, the odd creek overflows, beach, etc.: the Jeep that one of us will drive if we just need to get a loaf of bread. Is a 2.5 enough to allow me to use 35's with the stock fenders and no rubbing?
I was planning on doing a 3.5 MC lift with 35's for the JKU. MC does not offer a 2.5 for the 2-door, which is a bummer, as I had hoped to put MC with the DuroFlex arms on both Jeeps. Is it overkill to have a 3.5 on a two door for my stated usage?
|08-18-2013 04:30 PM|
|08-18-2013 03:38 PM|
Speaking of bumpers, The 10A used AEV fronts. Does the Rubicon X come with those same bumpers? And since I will be using a winch, am I better off getting an aluminum bumper to counteract the inevitable front "dive" during breaking, or does a lift package cure that?
|08-18-2013 03:33 PM|
I was practical the first 60 years of my life. Not any more.....
|08-18-2013 03:00 PM|
As per usual.. I will be the bad guy
With the option of any vehicle worldwide I would get a Toyota Prado Diesel. Put on front/rear ARB bumpers, a winch and an ARB snorkel.
If you need more offroad capability go with some mud tires, an old man emu 2" lift, ARB air lockers and put a safari rack on it.
Jeeps are awesome but if your spending 80% of your time on road and only going through water/mud the Prado is way more comfortable and will get you anywhere.
|08-18-2013 02:47 PM|
|08-18-2013 02:40 PM|
|08-18-2013 02:35 PM|
Sealed is good......It is humid and damp in Belize. Jeep will be purchased stateside and shipped, and I plan on looking for a good Houston off road shop that can do the mods (I don't have the time nor the interest, frankly). Any shouts for Houston shops?
I see the advantages to the Rubi rockers. Can someone tell me why the 4:10 should be the gearing, rather than 3:73? I would have thought that the 4:10 was for pure crawling.
Is the OEM tire carrier capable of handling a larger-than-stock wheel?
|08-18-2013 02:02 PM|
|NFRs2000NYC||If can afford it, get the Zeon winch from Warn. The fact that it's completely sealed would fair better in the south american jungle.|
|08-18-2013 01:59 PM|
|Lowerumble||I also vote rubi. With 35s, I would get the 4.10s and forget the 3.73s. Like NFRs said, pick a good 2.5 and your favorite bumper and proceed. Aluminum is fine and light, but I think any steel one you wanted with a good powdercoat would be fine too. For winches, I would do a little more research and pick something good for the climate, likely with a cover too. Where are you buying it. Really, you may just want to look into AEV for a nice solid turnkey option. If I weren't really crawling, then I like their full coverage bumpers and their lifts are quality for the intended purposes. And if you would rather call it a day then spend the time researching, it would make it alot easier...|
|08-18-2013 10:55 AM|
Here is a good video about lockers and differentials. Don't flame me for the Toyota based theme.
|08-18-2013 10:46 AM|
|NFRs2000NYC||South America there is only one smart choice. Do yourself a favor and get a Rubi. Also make sure you get the 4.10 gears. If you are going to mod it before you ship it, any quality 2.5" lift, a bumper of choice and winch (south america has some epic mud), and 35" duratrac tires on 16" wheels. That will provide you with an excellent on road ride with excellent offroad ability.|
|08-18-2013 10:46 AM|
As for good aluminum bumper brands check out genright.com. A lot of people here run their stuff and it is awesome.
|08-18-2013 10:37 AM|
|Lusus_Naturae||For what you have said already - paved roads, dirt, gravel - the Jeep is built to take those with no issue from stock. The tires could be improved on but the rest is fine. It's all about your playground from there.|
|08-18-2013 10:08 AM|
Since you're coming in on the ground floor, the videos at Jeep.com may actually help.
Explore Jeep Capabilities | 4WD Systems | Jeep,
Or check here
Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited 2013| 4-door Utility Vehicle| 2013 Jeep®
Then under capability watch the videos.
That'll get you up to speed.
I'd just get a Rubicon (4:1 crawl, Electronic Locking Differentials, Electronic Swaybar Disconnect, Factory Mud Terrain Tires, etc) relocate the breather tubes, install a snorkel, grab a warn winch that fits a nice set of bumpers you like (good sticky thread here).
That would be a "turn the key and go practice" type situation.
If you were going to go beat something up and build a monster, we wouldn't be having this conversation :-)
|08-18-2013 09:54 AM|
Most people in Belize, as one poster mentioned, do use a lot of mud tires on little 4-bangers like Mitsubishi or Hillux. The main reason is that they are cheap to buy. But Belize is a country of bicycles, predominantly. The Jeep dealer in Belize told me that the last time that he sold one was 3 years ago, because the import duties make the Jeep almost $100K!
I had planned on 3:73 gearing, as it has been told to me that it is the best road gear. This will not be a crawler, nor will it be a maller. It is really just to get from Point A to Point B with style, and a way to get across unexpected road obstacles.
I like the idea of aluminum bumpers and rails, as well as 35's. What are lockers? I have seen them mentioned before, but have not been able to put them in context.
I know that there are a ton of vendors out there, but what should I be looking at for bumper mods , best winch, etc?
|08-18-2013 09:18 AM|
|10to10||Well if money ain't an issue, here is what I would do. Get yourself a Rubicon, has lockers when you need them and the Rock-track 4:1 is amazing. Dump the stock bumpers, fenders and get yourself some nice aluminum bumpers and new high clearance fenders. Find yourself a quality 12,000 winch. Think about possibly re-gearing depending on tire size but I would think a nice 35 or 37 with a 2.5 or 3 inch lift would be more then sufficient. Grab yourself some quality seat covers and rock rails and enjoy!|
|08-18-2013 03:14 AM|
Otherwise maybe you get stuck and wish you had them...
|08-17-2013 11:42 PM|
I like the idea of 35's. And I do understand that there is a limit as to what I can do with tires; I am looking for the most quiet road tire possible.
Money, or saving money, isn't the object here. I'm not trying to sound like a dick, but the heart wants what the heart wants....
What I am looking for is the lightest, put-together, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited that I can do.
|08-17-2013 11:28 PM|
No, not like SE Asia.....Belize is a "normal" county. The term "paved" is a relative term. There are a lot of dirt and gravel roads, but there is not much in the way of topographical change; most of the land is at sea level.
What I am looking for is the difference between MT and AT tires and the lift that comes with that. I want something that can be fun, but also keep me out of trouble in mud and sand.
|08-17-2013 09:28 PM|
In my experience with places that have a similar climate, everyone (local) was using vehicles that had two things in common.
- rugged or ruggedized interiors that helped reduce risk of mold setting in the fabrics
- an increased intake height (snorkel, aftermarket or homemade) and the things that go along with it (extending breathers and on some vehicle types relocating other parts)
So perhaps keeping those things in mind will help. I'm assuming these are maintained roads? Or is it like some SE Asian countries where typhoon/monsoon means the road is closed for a week or so?
I never did ride in a new US spec vehicle in any of the places I went. Mostly they were older HiLux with the occasional refurbished CJ or other domestic. Lots of folks were buying a Asian market Mitsubishi minivan with a little 4 banger and throwing mud tires on it since it's all wheel drive too. They get them used in the city and run them up in the highlands. Locals (mostly my in-laws) never went through water on purpose, unless they had to :-)
|08-17-2013 06:19 PM|
I'd buy a regular Sport and spend the extra money on a 2" lift, 33's, new wheels and a winch.
Buy it from Pat here in the USA and take one hell of a road trip through Mexico.
My mom said never take my Jeep to Mexico because they'll highjack it to run drugs. But, what momma don't know won't hurt her!
Jeep in Belize sounds nice.
|08-17-2013 05:55 PM|
|jrussblues||Wow...this is spinning.|
|08-17-2013 10:56 AM|
However - I know I would be happier with the 4.10 Rubicon gearing and maybe something more, but 3.73 is doing good too. The Duratracs also run small - actually size on my tires is 33.75 inches tall. It's the one reason I bought "35" inch tires, if I bought the 33 inch Duratracs, I would have gained 1/4 inch from stock.
Duratracs have been one of the favorite tires for people who need a all around good tire. Mine have done everything - snow, sand, mud, rain, ice, dry - and although sand isn't great, the others are. (If I aired down more in sand it would have been better.)
I drive mostly on pavement, I haven't found a better tire. Look around here at tire reviews, there are lots of good tires, but some are heavy too.
|08-17-2013 10:41 AM|
1. Check out Bilsteins for shocks.
2. I would rethink steel bumpers. With all that salt air and water, I would check out some of the aluminum options first.
|08-16-2013 05:34 PM|
|Theairhead||Yes 2.5 inches of lift will work. But flat fenders like metal cloak, bushwhacker, or others will give you more room to flex. As for shocks it depends on how much you want to spend. The rancho 9000's are very pricy but fully adjustable. With that adjustability they lose some responsiveness. I'd pm kjeeper10 since he's much more knowledgeable than me.|
|08-16-2013 05:28 PM|
BTW, I was planning to add steel bumpers front and back, a winch and sliders. I presume that means that the Jeep will sit somewhat lower than if those bits weren't on?
|08-16-2013 05:22 PM|
|Theairhead||No. But the type of tire and tread it has will affect road noise. The ride really is really more of the right tire pressure and good quality springs, shocks, all around suspension components|
|08-16-2013 03:41 PM|
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